The Freebie Round-Up #28

9qvq3xlHello guys! It’s pay day today and I have hunch that you’ll be at the nearest mall buying stuff. Does visiting your local bookstore and picking up a book in your checklist? What books will you buy then?  If books are not in your shopping list, well check these list of freebies that wont burn your wallet. And if your new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

FREE Hand outs and powerpoint presentations of “Gospel Centered Counseling and Gospel Conversations” – From Dr. Bob Kellermen, his ministry offers this free counseling presentation complete with hand outs. If you scroll down some more, you’ll find other free resources that will equip the church.

FREE “The Wicket Gate” Magazine – Download the current issue and back issues of this magazine for free. The magazine contains interesting lectures, stories, sermons from Dr. Nick Needham and W. J. Seaton.

FREE hand outs and audio downloads of “Why These Books? Introduction to OT and NT Canon” –  It’s a free seminar that tackles questions like “What exactly is a canon?”, “Who pick out the books?” and many others that you might be also thinking. So check this free resource from Christ Cambridge Church and Dr. Greg Lainer.

FREE e-book “Pray For Your Daughter” from Borrowed Light – Mike Leake made a series of these books (for the spouse, purity, church etc.,) and you can find all of it here on this link. But I’ll just focus this one 31 days prayer challenge for your daughter. May this free e-book bless you and your daughter as you pray for her for the entire month.

FREE audio download of “Understanding Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses – Glad to see Credo Courses being generous again, as it brings back the free audio download of the lecture of Dr. Robert Bowman. Get to know and defend your faith with the two leading American religious cult in the world.

FREE video series download of “Foundations: An Overview of Systematic Theology” by R. C. Sproul – Now for something heavy! Ligonier gave us Steve Lawson last week then this one (and another one below). I’m so eager to check this free videos out. Better create an account so you can save it for later use.

FREE e-book “The Prayer of the Lord” by R. C. Sproul – Better get this one because it will expire within 4 days. I’m stoked at what Ligonier is giving away. Looking forward for more in the coming week.

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

Freebie Round-Up #27

Freebie Round-Up # 26

Freebie Round-Up # 25

Freebie Round-Up # 24

Freebie Round-Up # 23

Freebie Round-Up # 22

Freebie Round-Up # 21

Freebie Round-Up # 20

Freebie Round-Up # 19

Freebie Round-Up # 18

The Freebie Round-Up #17

The Freebie Round-Up #16

The Freebie Round-Up #15

The Freebie Round-Up #14

The Quotable Round-Up #106

vb6a6bkSaw a few articles that pits physical copy against digital copy of the book. Some lean to the physical ones and others cheers for the digital ones. If you ask me I go for both. There lots of advantages on both formats and also some disadvantages. I enjoy both formats and I think that is all that matters.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the upcoming book by Dan DeWitt Sunny Side Up: The Breakfast Conversation That Could Change Your Life. Release date is on February 1 but you can pre-order the book by clicking this link.

“Orthodoxy may sound like a painfully expensive dental procedure, but it really means having proper beliefs  about God. Orthodoxy is where every person must begin in their relationship with God. That’s not to say people have to pass a test about the Bible in order to become a Christian. Thankfully, God isn’t looking for academic qualifications or good grades. But in order to become a follower of Jesus, you have to have a right understanding of who Jesus is and the forgiveness he offers..”

“It’s dangerously possible to grow in our knowledge of God without growing in our love for God. We can accumulate a lot of knowledge while our hearts remain far from him.”

“Loving God isn’t a flowers-and-chocolates kind of love. Neither is it cheering him on from the sidelines or singing his latest hit. God wants your heart—and he wants all of it.”

“Anyone who has begun a relationship with God understands the powerful impulse to give God our whole lives, our whole heart. But it’s an impulse that has to be nurtured and fed in order to grow. There’s a whole lot in life that threatens our love for God..”

“No matter who you are, or where you are, you can get in on the invitation to love God. God desires and demands our full affection. That’s because he is the greatest good. And his invitation to love him is for our greatest good. Loving God is what’s best for us.”

“Humility is where all learning really begins. What will it take for you to start learning the lessons God wants to teach you?”

“We need to think about how we prioritize our relationship with Jesus. Do we place Jesus above all earthly relationships? Does he even make it on to our short list? If you have to disappoint someone, would Jesus be the top person you would do anything to avoid disappointing? Maybe, as you read these words, Jesus is calling you to make him first in your life today.”

The Freebie Round-Up #27

USsMH08It’s the weekend and what better way to end the week than to indulge with these freebies. And if your new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

FREE “Young People Magazine” downloads – Solid biblical articles and news is what this magazine for the youth is all about. Download every issues from the Free Presbyterian of Scotland ever published for free.

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FREE e-book “Book of Praise” by Dennis Teitsma – Do you want your church to sing the Psalms? Here’s a free e-book that will help you. Composed of instrumental accompaniment of 150 Psalms and 85 hymns, this will be a great resource for those who wants to sing the Psalms.

FREE online listen or MP3 of “Psalms of David” sung in Capella–  Another music resource that can either be helpful in your church singing or for private enjoyment. This website has tons of music downloads that are absolutely free.

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FREE “AIM Magazine” download – Keep up to date on what how God is moving in the Aborigines group. Download this free magazine from Australian Indigenous Ministries and know their works and how you can help also.

FREE e-book “That They May Set Their Hope in God” by Justin Huffman –  A free e-booklet that focuses on Psalms 78. Justin Huffman points out the duty of every believer to teach the gospel to the next generation that would set their hope in God.

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FREE e-book “God’s Good News” by Stanley D. Gale – Ive’d check this book and its awesome. It’s a free evangelism e-book that takes time to explain step by step the redemptive story to the gospel that soul needs. Save it for your ministry.

FREE digital download “The Attributes of God” video series by Steven J. Lawson –  For a limited time, Ligonier Ministries is offering this free download.  Get it while its free and Lawson is a great expositor.

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Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

Freebie Round-Up # 26

Freebie Round-Up # 25

Freebie Round-Up # 24

Freebie Round-Up # 23

Freebie Round-Up # 22

Freebie Round-Up # 21

Freebie Round-Up # 20

Freebie Round-Up # 19

Freebie Round-Up # 18

The Freebie Round-Up #17

The Freebie Round-Up #16

The Freebie Round-Up #15

The Freebie Round-Up #14

 

The Quotable Round-Up #105

WmUyJhsIt’s another year of reading books! I hope you’ll pick up one and start reading it. Even better, why not have a book reading challenge this year?  That will be a lot of fun (and challenge too).  I think Goodreads it’s a good site to do your reading challenge as it monitors your progress and share your accomplishment to everyone online. Better check that website. Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book by Bryan Litfin Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction. Buy his book by clicking this link.

“The pastor who expounds the Word of God before his people holds an awesome power within his mouth. His words can be a source of golden treasure.”

“When asked which of his students should succeed him in his professorship of rhetoric, Libanius replied, “It ought to have been John, had not the Christians stolen him from us.” John Chrysostom must have been a great communicator to have impressed his pagan teacher so much. Yet to Libanius’s dismay, John used his speaking skills for the name of Jesus Christ.”

“Athanasius possessed a profound understanding of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The whole question of the Son’s divinity was not some intellectual premise that could fit into a logical syllogism, as it was for many of the Arians. Rather, it mattered deeply to Athanasius because it was a question of Christian salvation. For Athanasius, salvation meant much more than individually “getting saved” so as to escape hell or get to heaven. His theology centered on the relationship between the created world and the Uncreated God.”

“The views of Arius began to receive imperial favor and were accepted by many bishops across the empire. Athanasius seemed to stand alone against a world that had gone completely Arian. His challenge was far more difficult in this new age of Imperial Christianity. Now he faced not only his theological opponents, but the all-powerful Roman emperors whose politics were tied to theology.”

“For several decades Athanasius was a lonely defender of the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity against the Arian view. Only at the end of his life did his efforts begin to pay off as Arianism was finally rejected.”

“Interpretation in the ancient church was a spiritual quest, so everything depended on your heart for the Lord. Godliness was required for true comprehension, not just a good mind. The lifestyle of the interpreter genuinely mattered.”

“Perpetua is revealed to be a godly Christian woman—one who affirmed the high calling of being a daughter and mother, yet who put her loyalty to Jesus Christ before even those worthy vocations. Because of her close walk with the Lord, she became a spiritual leader of her band of confessors. The towering respect she earned among her jailed companions was based on the depth of her spiritual life. Her piety lent her a reverence and authority not normally accorded to women in Roman society.”

 

The Freebie Round-Up #22

dn2ajmv1What are you doing as preparation for Christmas? What things do you do to prepare your hearts for this coming holiday? If you ask me I’m reading an Advent devotional by John Piper and Tony Reinke’s #IsaiahChristmas Bible reading plan. Are you doing that too? I think it really helps you more in appreciating what Christmas is all about and focusing your eyes to our Savior. Anyways, its freebie time and I hope you’ll enjoy these free stuff!

FREE ebook “The Promises of God” by R. C. Sproul – Posting this on my Facebook account got quite a clamor. If you missed that on my FB, be sure to get that here.

*New must read post: The Quotable Round-Up #100, A Trip to Boosale (Revisited and Updated), 5 Questions A “Bible Only” Proponent Should Ask, 5 Questions A Biblicist Should Ponder,

FREE audiobook “The Confessions of St. Augustine” from Christian Audio – This classic book is a must read for Christians but rarely does it go to the reading list of the believers. Thanks to Christian Audio its now free to download and listen to all this month of December.

FREE digital audio of “The Resurrection of Jesus” by Gary Habermas – It’s back and its free courtesy of Creado Courses. Evidential apologetics still matters even to a presuppostionalist like me.

In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. PetersenSquad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. JohnTested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE ebook “Big, Bold, Biblical Prayers” from Truth 78 – Want to pray for the next generation? Truth 78 prepared this free prayer guide to help you focus your prayers to the next generation.

FREE ebook “Empire of Dirt” by Douglas Wilson – So OK I was wrong in the last post about his ebook being the last freebie. Wilson was generous this whole November and I hope (…I hope) there are more to come. Click here to get the freebie.

FREE special edition of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens – To lit the coming seasons, Trinity Reading Forum offers this free classic novel with a special introduction by literary scholar  Karen Swallow Prior.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book

FREE ebook “Emmanuel: Readings for the Advent Season” from Morning by Morning – Another Christmas freebie that will prepare your hearts for Christmas. This freebie focuses on 10 classic Christmas hymns that proclaims Jesus Christ birth and His second coming.

Want more freebies? Check these previous round-ups!

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5 Reasons Why God is Good

zexqjzkChristians in these times of special seasons (Thanksgiving and the coming Christmas and New Year), should look back and see that God is rich in goodness towards His elect. I think you will agree with me that you can’t say that God hasn’t been good to you. And if you list down all those good things that you received from God, it will take a year to thank each blessing. So Psalms 116 list down five of them so we can awe to God’s overflowing goodness.

God hears our voice and petitions (vs. 1-3) – If you take a glance at Psalms 115, we can see that David was mocked by the heathen because of the God he worships. He replied to these unbelievers that their god is an idol (115: 4-8). Neither these idols can speak, hear, smell, touch or walk. Compare them to the God of Israel which is the true and living God. We can read all throughout the Psalms, God hears David in times of crisis. That’s why in Psalms 115: 9 – 11, we see David admonishing Israel to trust this God who hears his voice and supplications. Will you also trust this God that inclines His ear to His precious children?

God response by delivering us (4-5)- It’s one thing that an Almighty God listens to you and declares that act to be good, it’s another thing that He response to your situation. Imagine a God who is not under obligation to save us because of His rich mercy, does something for us. Think about the times God had rescued you in trials and temptations. In doing so, isn’t He worthy to be called good?

God preserves/ upholds us (vs. 6) – David in his exploits, calls unto God, and God acts to deliver Him. But it didn’t stop there. God preserves David. He upholds him. David was brought low but God lifts him up.  Like David we were low. Sins drag us to that low point. However God picks us up. He encourages us. We emerge as victors in these trials we face if we trust the good God of the Bible.

God gives us rest/peace (v. 7-8) – If peace can be bought in the drugstore, I think we’ll be all falling in line to get one. In this demanding and stressful world, who wouldn’t want peace. However God’s peace goes beyond that. Its starts when God saves us (Romans 5:1) and as His elect we can surely call to Him, rescue us and gives us peace. Our daily pursuit in this planet gives us no eternal assurance. Only the Prince of Peace can give that lasting peace even if we are in the midst of chaos.

God gives His favor to us as we walk before Him (v. 9) – Being delivered from sorrow, God wasn’t done with David yet. David wasn’t left after that crisis by himself to figure out what to do next. God brought David back in track with full assurance that God’s favor is on him. Like our earthly father, we do look to them for affirmation on the things we are doing. We want to do what’s pleasing to them with their “stamp of approval”. As we pursue a holy surrendered life to our Creator, God will always give us that “stamp of approval” that we long for. Even if we stumbled, He will make sure He will bring us back again and His favor is upon us. Now isn’t that a good God?

Knowing these five reinforce ourselves to look upon a God of goodness and will desire to cling to Him. My prayer is that we’ll get to know Him more in more as the year’s passes by.

The Quotable Round-Up #102

t4jqaugFresh from a recent seminar about biblical counseling, me and my wife got copies of two books, Excelling in Relationships and Climbing Out of Depression, each in English and Tagalog version. So my wife reads the English and mine is the Tagalog. Hope we finish and further enhance what we have learned in the seminary. But for now I’ll be posting some quotes from the Tagalog translation of David Meengs book Climbing Out of Depression. 

“Mahalagang maunawaan natin na kung paano tayo mag-isip, magsalita o kumilos ay may koneksyon sa ating kalagayang espirituwal. Ang mga espirituwal na mga alalahanin ay nangangailangan ng espirituwal na solusyon! Ang katotohanan lamang ng Diyos ang magpapalaya sa atin sapagkat ipapakita nito ang tunay na kondisyon ng ating isipan at puso. Ito lamang ang makapagbibigay ng tahasang tugon sa pinaka ugat ng problema, nang walang tinatago.”

“Sang-ayon ang Diyos na tayo nga ay nasasaktan ng ibang tao! Ngunit ang ating maling tugon o reaksyon sa pananakit sa atin ang pinakaproblema, at depende iyan kung ano ang kalagayan ng puso natin. Ang karunungan mula sa Diyos ay nagtuturo na kailangang higit nating alamin kung paano ang tamang tugon sa mga nanakit sa atin. Ang karunungang ito ay taliwas sa itinuturo ng sikolohiya!”

“Ang pag-asa ayon sa Biblia ay naiiba talaga sa pag-asa sa paningin ng mundo bilang isang” kahilingan” lamang. Ang pag-asa ayon sa Biblia ay ang pananampalataya na may lakas ng loob na nag-aabang sa Diyos na tuparin Niya ang kanyang mga pangako na nakasandig sa katangian Niya; hindi nakadepende sa tao, sa mga bagay na pag-aari o sa mataas o mahirap na kalagayan sa buhay.”

“Ang mga taong mayroon Kristo sa kanilang mga puso, ang tanging may pag-asa at maaring magbago at mabuhay sa paraan ng Diyos! Bakit? Sapagkat ang kapangyarihan lamang ni Kristo ang may kakayahang sirain ang kapangyarihan ni Satanas sa puso ng mananampalataya.”

“Ang taong na kay Kristo na ay nailigtas mula sa kapangyarihan at sa parusa ng kasalanan! Iyon ang pag-asa! Matapos ang pagbabago ng puso, ang saloobin, mga salita at mga gawa ay magkakaroon din ng pagbabago pati na ang mga damdamin o nararamdaman ng isang tao ay magkakaroon na rin ng pagbabago.”

“Kapag nakatago sa ating mga puso ang pag-asa ng Diyos, magagawa nating sariwain sa ala-ala ang mga ito sa oras ng ating pangangailangan. Ang Banal na Espiritu bilang ating pinakamahusay na Tagapayo at Gabay ay nagpatotoo sa ating espiritu upang tulungan tayo. Kasabay ng pag-asa sa ating mga puso, ay magiging handa tayo sa pagbibigay rin ng pag-asa sa iba!”

“Ang katapatan ng Diyos ay labis na kahanga-hanga. Ang banal na katapatan ng Diyos ay ganap na nangangalaga sa isang mananampalataya. Ang ating Diyos ay lubos na nakatuon sa mga minamahal Niya.”

Book Review: The Real Martin Luther by Josh Hamon and Brynn James

mb26cp3We all want to read a book that has something to do the occasion to make us more appreciative on the event. Come Reformation Day 2018 and a book came to me that is quite not the book I’m expecting read. Its bio book about a certain Reformer that has a concoction of history, humor and cartoons in it.

The Real Martin Luther is a bio book for the rest of us. The reasons are from being too lengthy or too boring to read.   Josh took Luther from the stained glass and introduces him as a human flaws and all. I think every biography book strives to present the person as ordinary as possible so we can easily relate on whom he was and what he has done.  The Real Martin Luther goes beyond that by injecting humor to the narrative. It’s getting the low down on Martin Luther without hitting below the belt. Luther wasnt drag to the mud here.  This book reminds me of Plato and a Platypus Walks into a Bar… adding comedy to a boring subject.

The artwork is awesome and also hilarious. Brynn James sets the tone on how we should visualize the book with just the right artwork style. She then puts some millennial and hipster references here and there to poke fun to Luther. Sometimes it complements the text and sometimes it’s a standalone humor. My only hopes for future volumes are that they go all out in artwork as in turn it into a comicbook.

This book is the first volume of the Holy Misfits series so we should expect there is more of this stuff. You’ll finish The Real Martin Luther not really laughing so hard to forget it all together, but with a fresh outlook on this reformation hero. A bit bold and a bit uncomfortable for readers who usually digest the usual biography book. But then again this is a totally different bio book. It’s history that is entertaining. This book is definitely a must read (re-read) for everyone.

My verdict:

5 out of 5

(The review copy of this book is provided by the author)

The Freebie Round-Up #20

8lxjf1qHad a great time over “Excelling in Relationships” counseling seminar by David Meengs and Student Missionary Outreach. Charity Baptist Church hosted the seminar last Saturday and it was amazing. I’ll be posting here soon the seminar notes for everyone to read. Anyways, its freebie time and I hope you’ll enjoy these free stuff!

FREE Special Edition 20th Year of 9 Marks Journal – Titled ‘Essentials” this free special edition gathers the best of the best articles that graced 9 Marks Journal for the past 20 years. Enjoy it on different digital formats.

*New must read post: The Quotable Round-Up #100, A Trip to Boosale (Revisited and Updated), 5 Questions A “Bible Only” Proponent Should Ask, 5 Questions A Biblicist Should Ponder,

FREE e-books from John MacArthur, Douglas Wilson, R. C. Sproul and Matthew Harmon – Cross-Point Books collects 4 freebies in one post. Enjoy while its still free.

FREE e-book “Tale of Two Adams” by Chris Caughey –  The problem of us and this world all boils down in the tale of two Adams. Grab this freebie and let Chris Caughey discuss major doctrines through Genesis all the way to Revelation.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. PetersenSquad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. JohnTested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE e-booklet “From Agender to Ze: Glossary for the Gender Identity Revolution”  – This is a must have for Christians who engages on gender issues. This free e-booklet collects the terms and language to better understand who we are dealing.

FREE e-book “A Serrated Edge: A Brief Defense of Biblical Satire and Trinitarian Skylarking” by Douglas Wilson – As if we had enough of Wilson, here’s another one from him.

FREE Live Event hosted by Anchored North – Click here to register to this free event titled Evangelism Power Hour, that aims to teach how to reach the next generation with the gospel.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book.  

FREE e-book and audiobook  “The Problem with Seminaries” by Gary North – Gary North points out the crisis facing seminaries today. In this free e-book he discuss how humanism infiltrates the seminaries and how to find solution.

 

 

The Quotable Round-Up #101

fdxxgnkWe are now starting out journey for another 100 post of The Quotable Round-Up. Let’s start it with a unique book by John Hamon titled The Real Martin Luther. And as always, if you love this book, get the Kindle or physical copy over your favorite bookstore or on Amazon.

“Martin now considered himself to be a man of war, a pioneer, not a man of the cloth. He felt he was going first on the trail and had to battle devils and the people who would divide him from the truth. Martin found himself angry and fueled by that anger. He made no excuses, because Martin felt his pen was an ax and he looked to have others feel the might of his words. Martin’s enemy was the devil, why should he be concerned with Satan’s feelings? Or the feelings of his minions?”

“Martin wanted to make sure the Bible was preached and the music was good. The rest he left up to the next generation. He was concerned with the theology of the average German, not the color of the carpets or church governance.”

“Martin leads Christianity into the Renaissance by giving the Bible to people in their own language. He wasn’t the first to translate into a vulgar language, but his work is one of the most influential. A wave of translations followed over the next 50 years, in enough languages that allowed most of Europe to read the Bible in their respective native tongues. This amount of translation wouldn’t be seen again until the 20th century.”

“In reviewing church history, it’s easy to find great leaders who feared the arts and great villains who gave us reasons to. Martin stands in the face of that archetype. He felt that the power of music to touch people’s emotions was given by God, not the devil. People’s ability to connect to music was valuable, not dangerous. He is almost unique within church history for this perspective at this point in time.”

“On the Bondage of the Will is Martin’s groundbreaking work. By a mile. Whether people can save themselves solo or are equal partners or are totally dependent on God is a big deal. Martin said we are totes in need of God, otherwise God is not independent of people.”

“More important than how the 95 Theses reached the masses is that they did. Martin certainly didn’t have any idea of the repercussions to follow. So it’s unnecessary to add magic to the moment as if he knew the future. He posted the 95 Theses in between going to the supermarket and picking up his dry cleaning, not with WWE-style theatrics.”

“Martin is arguably most famous for going to church on All Hallows’ Eve, nailing the 95 Theses to the door and sparking the Reformation. It was actually an attempt at internal reform, not creating a new Christian denomination. You may have heard that, historically, this was the common practice for starting a debate. It was their version of an open letter or a social media post… with a nail in it.”